It is fairly obvious that the conservative movement is in crisis.
Conservative philosophy is as sound as ever. But the conservative “movement” in America is made up of people. People are not angels, and people have screwed up. In recent years, the Right has been plagued by distrust, flagrant hypocrisy, utter uncharity, personal insults, rabble-rousing, prideful condescension, destructive self-indulgence, and, frankly, a failure to love each other as we love ourselves. We are all guilty.
As a result, conservatives are perilously divided. Our movement has become driven by personality rather than by principle. Our leaders are fundraisers, managers, organizers, or hucksters — not statesmen. We are obsessed with the present and fail to put ourselves in perspective with the past and the future. And our movement is consumed by ambition, greed, and the self-serving desires of some to write the next vapid book and get the next shallow appearance on cable news, while others point, and scorn, and mock, and lecture from the ivory towers of their own inflated egos.
Stop this stupid, unproductive, worthless, tribalistic, fanboyish, clickservative culture of pitiful drama, vain one-upsmanship, and holier-than-thou finger-wagging. Put aside this childish pro-Trump, anti-Trump, personality-driven egotistical flame war. While the conservative movement is distracted by nonsense, Americans are losing their liberty.
Just yesterday, the president of the United States advocated for a policy of stripping Americans of their Second Amendment rights without due process of law.
“I don’t want mentally ill people to be having guns,” President Trump declared at a bipartisan meeting with lawmakers. He continued, saying that “whether they had the right or not,” the police should have the power to take away an individual’s gun rights if there is suspicion this person is dangerously mentally ill .
Vice President Mike Pence attempted to explain that a policy favored by Republicans in Congress involves permitting friends and family members to go to court and apply to have the Second Amendment rights of dangerously mentally ill individuals suspended with due process of law. Trump interrupted the vice president, saying, “Or, Mike, take the firearms first, and then go to court.” The courts can be slow, you see. The president thinks the government should “take the guns first, go through due process second.”
I repeat: The president of the United States advocated for taking away the Second Amendment rights of American citizens without due process of law.